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Chris Roberts

July 20, 2021

How can employers can promote the value of their online benefits schemes?

I regularly hear from owner managers and senior management that they have tried benefit platform solutions for their employees (some…

Anusheh Khan

June 30, 2021

Tech and AI is transforming the fashion industry

While writing my blog post on green trends in fashion, my research brought into focus how retail has changed over…

Anusheh Khan

May 27, 2021

Software and Technology H121 Valuation

This report spotlights the UK software and technology sector for H1 21, aggregate sector valuations and private market activity. We…

Anusheh Khan

May 24, 2021

Technological Innovations in Supermarkets

Here at Polestar, we’ve covered a topics on how AI and other forms of technology is being used in manufacturing,…

Richard Hall

May 24, 2021

The recovery will be digital

Paperless technology has seen a dramatic rise in demand and we all know why.  As we have worked and schooled…

Chris Roberts

January 28, 2021

COVID driving innovation in manufacturing….

In a similar way that COVID-19 has forced a new work from home dynamic, for many in the business services…

Shaan Bharwani

December 22, 2020

Southampton to pioneer new AI and Quantum Tech products at CES 2021

CES, is a yearly event that is considered by many to be the proving grounds for new and upcoming technologies….

Shaan Bharwani

December 21, 2020

Has the UK Emerged Unscathed from SolarWinds Cyber Siege?

The party behind the widespread SolarWinds hack is yet to be uncovered; however, Russia and China are believed to be…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 30, 2020

Software and Technology UK – Mid-Market Private Transactions Snapshot December 2020

Polestar brings you the first of our insights into the UK mid-market software and technology sector. This report provides a…

Shaan Bharwani

November 30, 2020

Polestar Public Company Q320 Software and Technology Spotlight

Current Market Valuations In conjunction with our review of private company transaction we have prepared a detailed paper on UK…

Mihir Shah

November 26, 2020

The Contactless Revolution

There has been much talk off a post-Covid world where employees increasingly work from home and consumers shift their shopping…

Shaan Bharwani

November 26, 2020

Reverse Robinhood

Robinhood, as we know him, was a philanthropist who robbed the rich to give to the poor. Today, it’s a…

Bhavik Borkhatria

November 26, 2020

How do retail business adapt to the new norm?

Covid has become the catalyst for significant change with the pandemic applying more pressure to the already struggling high street….

Charlie Whelan

October 30, 2020

Consolidation in school management software accelerates

Over the last couple of years we at Polestar have been speaking with many software providers to the education sector….

Shaan Bharwani

October 30, 2020

The Digital Banking – a Facade?

Across the globe commercial banks all seem to be singing from the same song sheet. Uttering hopes of a new…

Charlie Whelan

October 22, 2020

The Rise of the AI-Powered Company in the Post-Crisis World

There is so much talk about AI.  But what are the practical steps you can take to join the AI…

Bhavik Borkhatria

October 22, 2020

Thriving through innovation

It has been over 6 months since Covid-19 was first reported in Europe and with certainty on a viable vaccine,…

Charlie Whelan

October 19, 2020

The amorals of AI vs Human dignity

As a teenager in the 1980’s I grew up on a diet of Terminator, Robocop and of course Michael Knight…

Charlie Whelan

October 2, 2020

Is Chiken Licken right? Probably not

This week I spent a couple of days in London, I got on to an empty train, witnessed an desolate…

Chris Roberts

October 1, 2020

Retention and motivation of your workforce…

As a recent study from CV-library shows, 59.7% of professionals aged 25-34  and 44.9% of workers aged 18-24 years old…

Charlie Whelan

September 1, 2020

The Pilot, August 2020 – Back to school? Hopefully for HM Treasury

‘Back to school’ means different things to different people. For my youngest, it means seeing his friends at school for…

Chris Roberts

August 14, 2020

The importance of being persistent

A year ago in August, I started a mad Swiss cycle event at 5am in pretty miserable conditions. Poor weather…

Charlie Whelan

July 30, 2020

UK’s post-COVID economic recovery could take 18 months longer than expected

I have been watching with interest how various economists and commentators see the coming year or two and found that…

Charlie Whelan

June 30, 2020

Supply versus demand: Unemployment and inflation in the Covid-19 recession

Throughout my life (or so much as I can remember) Monetarism has been prevalent. It, in the form of Mrs….

Chris Roberts

June 29, 2020

Maximise profits with excellent employee engagement

There is a trend of employers playing a greater role in their employees’ financial, physical health and mental well-being, which…

Chris Roberts

June 3, 2020

Expedited Investment in logistics software companies…

Pre-COVID and dare I say it Brexit, there was modest to reasonable interest in logistics software. If there was a…

Chris Roberts

May 29, 2020

Energy & Positivity in the face of adversity…..

Given the circumstances that have impacted people, friends, family and businesses around the globe, you can’t fail to admire the…

Oliver Hoade

May 29, 2020

Using Minecraft to create the next generation of engineers

Amidst the turmoil the current pandemic Enginuity, a software-based engineering education and training company, has released their newest offering, Skills…

Richard Hall

May 22, 2020

Reasons for Optimism – Tech Investment

Some interesting statistics are arising from this report from Tech Nation.  The UK has established leading global base in tech,…

Chris Roberts

April 29, 2020

The death of cash and coin?

We all know disappointment of the grubby five pound note that looks like it’s on its last legs having been…

Charlie Whelan

April 7, 2020

Polestar Advises on Sale of Double First

We are delighted to announce that Polestar has advised the shareholders of Double First Limited, one of the world’s leading…

Charlie Whelan

March 13, 2020

Coronavirus: The Black Swan of 2020

Here is a note that we sent to Sequoia founders and CEOs  earlier this week to provide guidance on how…

Chris Roberts

March 13, 2020

Riding the wave of activity in the visual effects space (VFX)

With the battle raging between major corporations (think Disney, Netflix, Amazon et al.) to capture audience interest, control the content…

Charlie Whelan

January 28, 2020

Fintech’s extraordinary goldrush continues

Visa’s acquisition of San Francisco based Plaid for in excess of $5,300,000,000 reflects how Fintech is changing way we all…

Oliver Hoade

October 23, 2019

How photogrammetry highlights a new-wave development ethos

The topic of photogrammetry has come up frequently during research for a client recently and, given its interesting nature and…

Oliver Hoade

September 24, 2019

The state of workplace automation in 2019

Fears surrounding automation in the workplace have been present since the industrial evolution and the evidence shows AI is coming…

Bhavik Borkhatria

August 29, 2019

Will AI provide the benefits it promises?

Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) props up everywhere! Be that in Healthcare, Manufacturing, Gaming or Financial Services, AI is by far the…

Oliver Hoade

August 21, 2019

The skills gap

A recent report by the National Centre for Universities and Business identified the growing gap between the skills taught in…

Nischal Neupane

June 17, 2019

Data holds key to the future of marketing

Imagine a world where companies stop spamming us with useless emails about offers we don’t need! Too good to be…

Nischal Neupane

May 26, 2019

Are you ready for digital humans?

More of us are getting to know and become comfortable with the likes of Alexa, Siri and Cortana. However these…

Charlie Whelan

May 19, 2019

Vodafone 5G goes live on 3 July 2019

Transformation is coming. Are you ready?  Here are the initial headlines, followed by some thoughts on why we should care….

Charlie Whelan

April 25, 2019

World leader of autonomous vehicle testing wins two Queens awards simultaneously

Polestar is delighted to announce that its friends at rFpro have been recognised by the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise with…

Nischal Neupane

March 7, 2019

The age of digital marketing

Rapidly increasing popularity and adoption of e-commerce has forced companies to turn to digital marketing to build an online brand…

Charlie Whelan

February 5, 2019

Ready to flip the switch on sales growth?

YFM’s Partner, Charlie Robinson, was recently asked “Where the real value lies between Sales and Technology?”.  This is what he…

Charlie Whelan

February 5, 2019

Edtech looking to a bright future

Here is more evidence for an exciting future for Edtech. In common with many software sectors it knows no boundaries…

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